She used a two lighthouses — a large and a small — to illustrate her thought. She said there are big and little Christians and that’s the way it is with the lighthouses. She said people “need to let their light shine and speak out to others.”
Glenda Watson was introduced as guest speaker and she addressed Ruby Ball with the question, “Aren’t you thankful, Ruby, that you live in a place that we have that freedom today?” She discussed freedom and talked about people in other countries who don’t have the freedom to worship God. Watson said it breaks her heart when she hears about children and religion. “But you know what? I serve a risen Savior and he’s alive and he’s real and he lives today,” Watson said. “Praise the Lord, aren’t you glad of that today? We are not bound down.”
Watson said her husband is the preacher in the family “and he’s been preaching for over 40 years. So say I was taught well from a husband, a man of God and God above.” She has two sons, Keith and Eric, and a daughter, Cheryl Lee. Keith serves as pastor at Council Baptist Church in Charleston, Eric is a state legislator and Cheryl Lee is her secretary.
Watson gave her testimony of when Eric came down with Guillain-Barré syndrome — a disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms. These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body. In its most severe form, Guillain-Barré syndrome is a medical emergency requiring hospitalization and he was ultimately taken to Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga. She said she prayed to the Lord asking if he would give the knowledge to those doctors and people in the hospital to tell them what is going on. But it was an elderly gentleman on crutches who gave her the confirmation: “Ma’am, everything gonna be all right. It’s going to take time, it’s going to take time, but he, he, he ... he’s gonna be all right.”
She said she felt in her heart that the man was an angel sent from God. Her son was taken to Erlanger for the blood-cleaning process and on the eighth day, began to move his toes and fingers. On the 10th day, he was able to go home. Watson quoted Romans 8:28 saying, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
She said during his hospitalization, she was able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. “If you ever get a chance to go to Ronald McDonald House or if you ever have a chance to send them a donation, give them a donation — it’s well worth it,” Watson said. “They’re wonderful.”
Calvin Davis gave the closing prayer. Barbara Tucker won the door prize, courtesy of Steve Robinson of Cleveland Plywood. Calvin Davis and Kent Gunderson won the second and third door prizes, courtesy of Shawn Markie, club recorder.
Others present were Juanita Poteet, Barbara Tucker, Lily Cunningham and Paul Denton.
The next meeting will be held at Golden Corral Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on April 29.
For more information on the United Club, contact Bostic at 479-9207, Charles or Joanie Lupo at 478-5766 or Markie at 476-5426.